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“Queen Bess” Corset, 1876

April 9, 2015

ephemeral-elegance:

“Queen Bess” Corset, 1876

Designed by the Royal Worcester Corset Company

“This corset was awarded the bronze medal at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 and was patented in 1877.  A well documented
piece, it is unique in its design, which has been carefully constructed
to support the wearer’s outer garments.  The straps would assist in
keeping the corset in place and hinder any shifting due to the heavy
fabrics, and the bustle roll at back would ease any strain the wearer
might experience from the excessive weight of the skirt.”

via The Met

1876 ‘QUEEN BESS CORSET’

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